VMC hosts reproductive rights forum

24 February 2017

Health, education and other professionals are invited to attend a forum co-hosted by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services to celebrate the success of the Victorian Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARREP).

Working in partnership with the community and service providers, the FARREP is aimed at preventing the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C). The organisation supports women, girls and communities who may be affected and works with a range of professionals to improve support and referrals.

The forum will include an overview of the International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM/C and presentations from key organisations including the Royal Women’s Hospital, Cohealth and Darebin City Council.

Since 1998, FARREP has been supported by successive Victorian Governments to deliver programs aimed at eradicating the practice of FGM/C and supporting women and communities who may be affected by this practice, the majority of whom are humanitarian settlers.The event will result in fulfilling Recommendation 161 of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence:

The Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Victorian Multicultural Commission, community organisations and other relevant bodies, develop a strategy for informing service providers, specialist family violence services and other community organisations about the health impacts of female genital mutilation, emphasising that it can be a form of family violence and a criminal offence [within 12 months].

Join us at the forum:

Thursday 16 March 2017, 9.30am-2.00pm

RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Register for this event on Eventbrite.

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